Bauhaus Seen: Paintings by Richard Carter & Dave Durrance and Furniture curated by Brad Reed Nelson

Carbondale Arts presents the opening reception of “Bauhaus Seen”, a group exhibition featuring Bauhaus-inspired furniture makers from across the country curated by Brad Reed Nelson as well as Bauhaus-influenced painters Richard Carter and Dave Durrance. “Bauhaus Seen” opens at the R2 Gallery at The Launchpad in Carbondale on First Friday, June 7, from 6-8pm.

This year, the Bauhaus school celebrates its 100th year. When renowned Aspenites Walter and Elizabeth Paepcke invited the famed Bauhaus designer Herbert Bayer to Aspen in the 1940s, they planted the seeds of the mountain modernism that now flourishes in both the Roaring Fork area and throughout the West.

“Bauhaus Seen” commemorates Bauhaus furniture-makers, curated by Brad Reed Nelson of Board By Design, and features ten legendary American furniture makers and designers participating in this landmark event. All of these craftsmen and women also have connections to this valley and each artist has created a piece of artwork using Bauhaus furniture as aesthetic inspiration. Featured furniture artists include Russell Baldon (CA), Vivian Beer (NH), Andy Buck (NY), Tom Loeser (WI), Wendy Maruyama (CA), Brad Reed Nelson (CO), Christopher Poehlmann (PA), Sylvie Rosenthal (WI), Jason Schneider (MI), Brent Skidmore (NC), and Mark Tan (CO).

The exhibition also brings together two Roaring Fork Valley artists who have been directly influenced by Herbert Bayer of the Bauhaus movement: Richard Carter and Dave Durrance. Carter worked with Bayer from 1972-1978 producing prints, architectural designs, sculptures, and especially paintings. During this time Carter established his own career as a painter with representation in local and national exhibitions. Durrance grew up in Aspen in the 1950’s and ‘60s, and couldn’t help be influenced by the work of Bayer and the work of other Bauhaus artists. Recently, Durrance has returned to painting full time and has participated in numerous group and solo shows throughout the valley for the last ten years.

The connection between the cultural climate of the Bauhaus era and that of today remains uncanny.  Exhibitions like “Bauhaus Seen” and the others in the Roaring Fork area commemorating the Bauhaus connection this summer will showcase this uniquely American modernist history and show how vastly important education in art, design and culture continues to be.

“Bauhaus Seen” is generously supported by Susan Beckerman, Bunny and Charles Burson, Isa Catto Shaw, Larry Cohen, Sara Ransford, Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, Jonathan Singer, and Ruth and John Ward.

A preview for Carbondale Arts members and gallery patrons will take place on Friday June 7, at 5:30 pm to meet the artists and for an opportunity to see the work before the exhibition opens to the public at 6pm For more information call (970) 963-1680.